There's something very exciting about setting goals and challenging yourself to achieve something in such a short time. There's also nothing better than having a group of people to take the challenge with - people who understand and sympathise with you, and who motivate you (not Commando style, don't worry!) when it gets difficult.
But one thing we need to do is take the time to look after ourselves during this challenge. We need to be responsible about our health during the challenge because it can be intense sometimes. Working at a frantic pace for regular periods and having the pressure to gets results can be pretty stressful. Just thinking about it makes my heart rate rise!
We need to remember to take breaks regularly if we've been sitting down for long periods, eat right as it can effect how our brain works, and exercise. I know many of us are time poor, so it needn't be going to the gym or bench pressing enough to make Arnie look like a weakling. Rather, taking a walk to clear a foggy brain, or even a session of high-energy vacuuming can get us out of the chair and off the couch (or wherever it is you sit and write).
I know many of you work (I'm a full time mummy), so it's good to have a distraction to get your mind off the writing. I can imagine you're itching to get writing - the characters won't shut up, and need to have their stories told, but make sure you don't push yourself too hard.
During RWA Bootcamp, Dana gave us great tips and stretches to perform after certain time. Maybe set a clock for every 30 minutes where you stop, do some stretching or get up for a cuppa. Whatever you decide to do, take a break to rest your eyes, wrists, sore bottom etc.
Oh, and a while back I found this great article about exercising at your desk, and blogged about it. It may be of some use to you, but if it isn't, the concept it a nice one!http://moniquewood.blogspot.com/2009/01/drop-dress-at-your-desk-yeah-right.html
Happy writing, everyone,